Cosleeping basics

Susan - posted on 12/17/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I've been looking on here and generally googling and have found loads of theory and general effects etc but not much that's practical advice on cosleeping....

Was hoping to hear some of your experiences. I have a 16 month old and we moved countries a few months ago. Since then we have had all sorts of sleep issues. Long story short we've tried many hings but it looks like she sleeps best when she sleeps with us and since neither of us mind for the moment she comes in with us when she wakes beyond a certain time of night. So I had some silly questions, sorry!

1. Where does baby go to sleep? Her bed or yours? Assuming they go to bed before us? Right now she goes to bed in her bed with one of us there and keeps waking up till she comes to our bed. Wondered if it makes more sense to put her down in ours. But then how do you manage to get ready for bed/wind down etc in your room?
2. How do you manage day naps? She's now waking up during those as well and I really can't sleep in the day firstly because I don't want to and secondly because I need to get stuff done.

Would be great if some of you co sleepers could share your routines.

Thanks

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Devon - posted on 12/18/2012

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my son has been sleeping in my bed since about 6 months (he is now 3 1/2) & we are now working on getting him into his own room, which hasn't been as hard as I initially thought it was going to be....

Naps: I would lay with him long enough for him to fall asleep & then get up to do what I needed.

Sleeping: he would go to sleep in our bed. I actually enjoyed winding down with him there...it was a comfort to me as much as to him....

Also, we went thru a time where every time I got out of bed he'd wake up. What I started to do was to put a pillow in place of where I was so that he still that the feeling that he was laying against me....

My husband & I called my son "the windmill" because we would fall asleep in one position & them move around & around all night long :)..

hope this helped alittle :)

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Susan - posted on 12/18/2012

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Thanks ladies.

When you put them in your bed and you're not there, do they stay asleep? Mine keeps waking up unless we're physically there. Any tips?

Ana - posted on 12/17/2012

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My daughter is 2 1/2 and she's been sleeping with us on and off since she was about 7 or 8mths old. Before then, her crib or bassinet was in our room and I took her out of her bed or bassinet to breastfeed and put her back in her bed most night..

anyways.. for her day naps, I put her in our bed, and at night she winds down in our bed as well. Sometimes she will fall asleep in my arms or on the couch and I just put her in my bed, even if I'm not going to bed yet. She likes certain pillows and sleeps like a little starfish, leaves hardly no room for me and hubby, we always move her around but she moves about 10 times in different positions every night, we don't even care anymore..

We try to put her at the foot of the bed, because I'm pregnant and she is wild with her feet and she loves to burry her face in my husbands warm back, but other than that it works because our bed is big enough and we as parents don't mind.

But, we do plan on putting her and her little sister in Their room (I will get them both trained) when the baby gets here..because 4 of us would be a bit much..plus she won't be lonley in her room. Oh but it won't be right away, I think I'm going to move her bed into our room so that she can become used to the baby and I can watch her, and this gets her out of our bed, and I can breast feed without disturbing my 2yr old, but in some months they will be together..

Sorry, I said alot..

Cleaver - posted on 12/17/2012

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well my 2yo is sleeping in his junior bed and my 2mo is in my bed but i am nursing
i have a couple of toys in his room (only 2 or 3 no more then that or he'd never sleep) so during nap time he lays in his bed and plays quietly with his little cars and falls asleep i call it rest time if i say nap he freaks out but rest time he is okay with/

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